Thursday, February 14, 2013

My signature style: Cheerful Casual Wear

 
This week on Project Run and Play, we are asked to create an outfit based on our signature style. This was a little bit hard for me, because usually I just sew whatever pops into my head or something based on an inspiring online tutorial. I really hadn't given it much thought before.

So I started looking back at some things I've sewed this past year:



I noticed some trends:
- I have never mixed non-solid prints. Some pieces might have a crazy print, but if I mix in a different fabric it will be a solid color.
- I really like to use neutral colors (browns, greys, white) with a pop of color. 
- I am not scared to use bright colors. And it seems I like hot pink.
- Although I do sew dresses from time to time, I prefer to sew pieces like shirts and pants. I love sewing everyday clothes. If I do sew a dress, I tend to stay on the casual side. (Unless Eve has anything to say about it. She loves fancy. Remember week 1 of Project Run and Play?)

I've decided to name my style "Cheerful Casual." I think it fits.

Still I wasn't sure what I was going to sew. 

Thankfully, Erin from the Office saved the day for me. Several weeks ago, she wore this awesome cardigan on an episode of "The Office"

I was sold! I think I punched Jason in my excitement.

"Jason! That cardigan! I have to sew it!"

When he didn't acknowledge the importance of the situation, I continued.

"Did you even notice how awesome it was? Where is the remote? Rewind, you have to sit and stare at it for a second with me."

Which we did. It was a glorious second.

I still don't know if he thinks it was as amazing as I do or if he just humored me a little, but I'm going to choose to believe what I want.

I found the picture of Erin on the "worn on TV" website. It said the following cardigan from Nordstrom is an exact match. It does look the same, but the colors seemed much more saturated when I saw it on The Office.

Ok, so I know my style and I have my inspiration. Time to sew!

I decided to sew a little tank top for under the cardigan. Living in Kansas, where the temperature fluctuates a lot, we like layers! I used the tank top pattern that came in my new Ottobre Magazine, issue 01/2013. 

(Not the mesh one obviously, although I wish I had a little boy to rock it!)

It sewed up really well. I pretty much stuck to the pattern, which I tend not to do most times. I added a faux button placket to the front. I love a little preppiness!

It's real cute in the back too!



She was a good sport letting me take pictures outside in the cold! It wasn't too bad, but definitely not tank top weather!



For the cardigan, I used a V-neck T-shirt pattern from the same issue of Ottobre magazine:



Instead of cutting on the fold, I just cut out 2 front pieces adding some allowance for the buttons and button holes to overlap. I also rounded it off a little at the V to make the placket a little easier to sew. It turned out great:


And the true test of my sewing skills is how my daughters react to it. Thankfully, Eve loves it! The knit is so soft on both the tank top and the cardigan, comfortable and huggable. She had a blast running around in it!

To finish off the look, I put Eve in a pair of skinny jeans. Originally, they were regular, old purple jeans that were too loose but just the right length. So a couple of months ago, I took them in on both the outseam and inseam and she's been wearing them ever since! They are her favorite pants. Before I sewed them up, she had asked me for a pair of skinnies because she said she really liked mine. So technically, these were her idea in the first place. I think I need to sew her up a few pairs, she looks so cute in them!

Yes, the skinnies were a little dirty. This girl plays hard. And she had just worn these the previous day. And the day before, don't judge! They would have been in the wash if I hadn't needed them for the photoshoot.

She looks good even while jumping, lucky girl!

As my sister lovingly calls her, she's our little "Goober" She has so much joy!


Kicking the leaves. I love a good action shot.
Now, I really need to make Kylie some more clothes. I didn't intend for this season of Project Run and Play to be mostly for Eve. I actually intended on making this outfit for Kylie, but when I sewed up the tank top, I made it too tight and ended up tweeking it for Eve instead and so made her the cardigan to match. When I took Kylie's measurements, the difference between her height measurement was several sizes bigger than the sizes that corresponded for her waist and chest, she's tall and slender. So I made the pattern long and made it more narrow. It ended up very tight on her, so it made more sense to cut it shorter for Eve. Good thing for little sisters!

To see what other people have created for their own signature style, click here. It's so much fun to see other people's creations!

Update: I am also linking this post up to the open auditions of "The Sew Off" hosted by Naptime Crafters.

27 comments:

  1. Kelly "Favorite Sister"February 14, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    I really love the outfit!!! I really like how you "talked" about me!! :) Good job Kristin I'm so jealous!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Love the look! It just looks so comfy! And that cardigan is spot on.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Kelly, I am teaching you to sew this Summer. And you will like it, or else! I want a sewing buddy so you don't have a choice!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Sally, thanks! I love how the cardigan turned out. I did change it a little from the original. I thought it would look to busy in the smaller scale with the bow pockets and I lengthened the sleeves, I mean if you are going to wear a cardigan, why wouldn't you want long sleeves? And yes, I think it is comfy, I want one in my size :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. How comfortable and fun! PERFECT for an active little girl....

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! We love comfortable in our house!

      Delete
  6. Cute, cute!! That cardigan is really sweet! My Project Run and Play look may just need one of those!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! If you choose to sew one up later, it was a pretty fast sew which means a lot coming from me. I'm not a very fast sewer.

      Delete
  7. I've always wanted to try Ottbre patterns. Yours turn out so perfect! I love the colors!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You should give them a try, they have some adorable patterns. Some are harder than others and I stuck with the simpler ones. This was my first time using them and some of the more difficult ones intimidate me!

      Delete
  8. That cardi is sooo sweet! I want one in my size.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Me too! I'm not brave enough yet to sew for myself yet, maybe someday!

      Delete
  9. your fit is amazing - I love both patterns and the modifications you made to make them 'you'!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! I have never been much of a rule follower so I never quite follow patterns 100% haha!

      Delete
  10. Love it! I just subscribed to Ottobre and can't wait to get that magazine! :D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I would love to see what you sew from it! If you blog something from the magazine let me know! Ill be sure to check your blog as well.

      Delete
  11. I'm loving the color combinations. Thanks for the new resource, I've never heard of Ottbre magazine before.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! Here is a good link I found about sewing with Ottobre patterns: http://www.thetraintocrazy.com/2011/08/dysg-guest-tutorial-sewing-with-ottobre-patterns.html They have a good range of difficulty and a huge range of sizes which I like. My husband bought the magazine for me from amazon and it came pretty quickly.

      Delete
  12. Totally love this! Is it hard to sew with Ottobre patterns? I've always wondered if it is worth buying them, do you use them a lot?

    I totally recommend the skinny jeans pattern by Peek-A-Boo patterns! I have used it SO many times and it is such a good pattern!

    And don't worry, Vincent often wears the same shirt all day, to bed, and all day again before I have to try and peel him out of it to wash it. Yeesh kids! ahha

    I totally love the colours you have used {and I bookmarked that website!} and the whole outfit. Very cute!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Uhhhh I don't know why it made me 'anonymous' but that comment just there was from me... ahha

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm glad my kid is not the only one who wears the same outfit several days in a row :) She definitely has favorites when it comes to her clothes. Good thing my oldest is in preschool and likes picking out new clothes everyday.
      This was actually my first time sewing with ottobre patterns and I picked pretty simple ones. I'm looking forward to sewing more from this issue, there are some really cute clothes in there! Some of the more difficult ones are out of my league but I'll get there eventually. Thanks for the kind words!

      Delete
  14. I love that tank! I want ten of them for bean this summer :)
    And I'm with you on pops of color. It's just enough to make an outfit fun!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! I'm thinking I need to make lots for the summer! They use very little fabric!

      Delete
  15. This sweater is amazing! It's funny how inspiration comes from our everyday life. I am just imagining the ahh-hah moment with decision and your husband trying to be as excited as you. I get that that all the time from mine. Keep it up!
    ~Al

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! I love it when he plays along when I'm excited about something haha! I'm glad to hear your husband does the same!

      Delete
  16. I love this outfit. Adorable and practical! Great work. So glad I found your blog!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! I love your blog, thanks for the comment . I am also looking forward to making a couple dresses this summer with your go to dresses pattern!

      Delete